Why Would Mandelbrot Dispute This Data?
The following chart lists the Top 10 countries based on the lengths of their borders:
Your Task: Suppose the populations of each of these countries were lined up along their respective borders, linked with extended arms. Do any of these countries have a sufficient population to complete their border? If not, which country is closest to doing so?
- China, 13,642 miles
- Russia, 12,437 miles
- Brazil, 9,128 miles
- India, 8,763 miles
- USA, 7,477 miles
- Kazakhstan, 7,463 miles
- Democratic Republic of Congo, 6,667 miles
- Argentina, 6,005 miles
- Canada, 5,525 miles
- Mongolia, 5,107 miles
Source: Adapted from R. Ash's Top 10 of Everything: 2008